One of the unique feature of gCADPlus landscape design software is its ability to set the transparency of filled entities such as circles. The figure below shows part of a rather detailed design for a food garden that features a greenhouse in one corner of the plot. A block (symbol) is used as a zone indicator and is shown overlaying the location of the greenhouse. This draws the viewers eye to that structure.
Here we show that a block symbol containing a filled circle entity with a low value for transparency can be used with good effect to indicate zones within a landscape design. As yet we have not been able to find a ‘proper’ PDF writer that will print entities that are filled with color and with the transparency value set to less than 100%, we use the in-built gCADPlus SaveAsPDF tool to produce an acceptable shaded PDF file. When generating PDF files in this way, we suggest starting with a medium resolution setting – one that produces and acceptable result – rather than selecting the maximum resolution. If you are working with a very detailed design, and choose maximum resolution, gCADPlus may crash.
If you would like a copy of the symbol, click here to download it.